Basic Offshore Safety and Survival (BOSS) Training

As Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic states embark on offshore wind site characterization activities, there is a growing exposure of non-mariners to the hazards of traveling on or over the ocean, on a wide variety of chartered vessels and aircraft. Going to sea for any reason can be a hazardous undertaking. Professional mariners and aviators manage these risks through a lifetime of training and drills and by compliance with U.S. and international regulations. Such training and oversight is what makes them safer out there should things go wrong. What about the passengers, observers, and scientists who travel with them? Boarding a boat or a helicopter and heading to sea is just as significant for passengers as it is for the crew, and even more so if they lack the proper training and awareness.

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Instructor – Mario Vittone

Mario is a former Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer and accident investigator.  He is a leading expert on immersion hypothermia, drowning, sea survival, and safety at sea. His writing has appeared in Yachting Magazine, The Washington Post, and Reader’s Digest. During his career he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary heroism, was named as the U.S. Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year, and received the Alex Haley Award for Journalism.